Friday, 11 June 2010

Schadenfreude and the World Cup

Schadenfreude, in German meaning ‘shameful/harmful joy’, is often seen as the most ignoble of the emotions. As you all know, it means taking satisfaction from the misfortune of others. So a few confessions. First I hope the WC just started in South Africa is a disaster in every sense, but particularly in relation to major criminal activity, attacks on and robberies from foreign fans, and lousy organization everywhere. The main reasons I want this to happen is that it might show the world how a once great First World country has descended into the criminal chaos that characterizes all black ‘run’ countries. It might also underline the problems the white population there now face there.

The other reason is the impact this would have on the egregious Sepp Blatter (Septic Bladder), President of FIFA. Despite, or because of, being a crook, he was elected President largely by the votes of African countries. The nefarious ways he achieved this are described in a must read book ‘Foul’ by Andrew Jennings. One of the promises was to hold a WC in Africa by 2010. This despite the massive downsides from almost every perspective. So a disaster would deposit a full omelet in his repulsive face.

The other source of schadenfreude I have no excuse for: I want to see England lose at an early stage. Now actually I like the English, and according to a survey conducted by the Irish Tourist Board, they are our most popular visitors. Yet I suspect most of us want them to lose. Why?

Well, as someone said, it’s not the 800 years of occupation, it was the 30 years of Jimmy Hill and David Coleman. Personally, I think it relates more to the fact that England has always been huge and dominating, Ireland small and insignificant. I think this is why the Scots feel the same way. And by the way, while we Irish might generally want the England soccer team to lose, we tend to be a bit discreet about it. Scots on the other hand will make every effort to let their English ‘friends’ know their feelings.

As Denis Law said, when asked was 1959 (the year Manchester United were virtually wiped out in that plane crash) the worst year of his life, ‘no, that’d be 1966’. That was the year England won the World Cup!

And by the way, this doesn’t, at least for the Irish, and certainly for me, extend to other sports. Only soccer. I don't know why, but it’s not good.

28 comments:

Nam said...

We'll have to rely on you to report the aforementioned chaos in SA as the msm won't, Herr Savant.

Michael said...

It's already shaping up to expectations. The next five weeks promise to be fairly rough over here.

Enoch Was Right said...

What I find incredibly sad is that the White South Africans could have negotiated a "two-state solution" with the Blacks and still kept some territories (especially the Cape) and maintained a first world society if it hadn't been for traitors in the west. In this case, Israel was more supportive of White SA and a better friend of civilization than the UK or US who acted utterly despicably.

Anonymous said...

Don't worry, Savant - England are in no danger of winning this one. All the niggers in their team won't be enough to sway them from their usual brand of over-cautious, dull football.

Potgieter

FishEagle said...

Enoch Was Right, I totally agree with you. That's one of the reasons I like to spend a lot of time on the web defending Israel's actions - just returning the favour. I'm starting to warm up to Europeans and Americans to some degree but only after I met some devout conservatives on the web. Problem is those guys are still in the minority. Judging from recent developments, like Geert Wilder's amazing gains in the most recent Netherlands elections, it may be changing. Feeling like a betrayed South African, I won't hold any grudges (no shadenfreude for me :D). Just get your houses sorted out in Europe and America.

Rafferty4 said...

Enoch was Right is wrong! No matter where the whites went the blacks would follow them, for the simple reason that whites would create a great place, blacks would totally destroy theirs. I don't know what they could have done really.

Anonymous said...

As a Scotsman I say you should take great pride in wanting the Sassanachs to lose.

What's worng with you man????

Anonymous said...

I am a proud Englishman and cannot understand the hostility coming from the otherparts of these islands. Sure, bad things did happen in the past. But look at your own history - it was not all onesided. We have serious, possibly terminal problems ranged against us and yet you still nurse your old hatred for we English. We need to come together, not perpetuate this anglophobic rubbish. I have never harmed one of you - yet you hate me...

W Baker said...

Savant,

If you'd find a proper game (American football or Rugby Union) to watch, you wouldn't be so miserable! There must be something about the game of rugby if the British and Irish can get together and play on the same side (Lions).

I have never understood the appeal of soccer. What the fuck is beautiful about watching 90 minutes of often scoreless teams of overpaid prima donnas chase a ball using only two of their god-given appendages?

SAVANT said...

anon 14.21, you're way off there. The rest of us don't 'hate' the English. As I said in my post, the English are the most popular tourists to ireland. Hundreds of thousands of English people are so integrated here as to be almost invisible. In fact I made the point that. at least for myself, I'm happy to see England win at any sport other than soccer. I dont know why that is.

But rest assured you're not 'hated'. and yes, our mutual histories are very much a two-sided thing. For example I believe that Ireland was never 'occupied' as such, pretty much the same with Scotland and Wales. I think it's because you're so much bigger than the rest of us. Consider it a compliment!

RegThe Hedge said...

I'm Irish and I always support England in Football (After Ireland of course). I'd normally never tell anybody that though cause there are a lot of muppets who'd moan on about being patriotic. For me patriotism is about sticking by our European cousins. There is no place for silly tribal rivalries when we are under threat of extinction.

Paddy the plasterer said...

Well said Regthehedge. My sentiments exactly!

Henry IX said...

As an Englishman I can say that most Irishmen I know support England's soccer team. Let's not get carried away.

Anonymous said...

But really, did anyone ever expect the 2010 Games to be a model of success, given the host country? In my humble opinion, the selection of SA as host country is just another example of the governing PC crowd's attempt at egalitarianism.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous @14:21

You wonder why most outside England like to see them lose, (Incl. myself and I got them in a sweepstake), well it's probably the awful, smug media for instance. I just heard the commentator say Germany look good whether you like it or not. I don't think the African worshipping Poms would dare say that about Ghana, for instance, as a lot of English have a black penis fixation, well and truly programmed into their rather weak brains.

Oh, and incidentally, England really, are not that good.

ABE

Anonymous said...

W Baker, why not enjoy both. I enjoy them in equal measures. I even love darts.

W Baker said...

Anon 19.29, just big guy a hard time....!

kulak said...

We need to come together

If you're not willing to tell the Irish to piss off, you're certainly not going to tell off the invaders.

England's problem is not that Irishmen aren't hanging with Englishmen, it's that Englishmen aren't hanging with Englishmen.

Anonymous said...

AS A YANK WHO HAS VISITED IRELAND NUMEROUS TIMES I HAVE FOUND THE ENGLISH WELCOMED AND LAUDED IN OLD EIRE. THE SINS OF THE PAST KING BILLY THE BOYNE ETC ETC ARE ONLY MENTIONED I FOUND AMONGST THE DOLE LAYABOUTS IN THE NORTH THAT FOOLS IN AMERICA WERE SENDING MONEY TI VIA NORTHERN IRISH AID THAT WENT INTO PCKETS OF SHARPIES WHO BOUGHT PUBS AND REAL ESTATE.IN FACT IN SOME CASES I HAVE FOUND BRITS ARE MORE WELCOME THEN YANKS.

Anonymous said...

The only player with any heart on the English team is Rooney. You could see how exasperated he was with his teammates during the USA match. The reality is though England just aren´t very good.

The French are cheats and the team has too many blacks on it, nothing French about it at all. The Germans are mostly white and we should support them, ok they have a Turk or two onboard but in proportion to their demographics.

My favourite though is Spain, a country still with a rich culture and great affordable cuisine. I´m just back from walking the Camino de Santiago from Porto upwards and was struck by the naturalness and humanity of the cultures there.

These two countries had conservative dictators until recently and I think this helped protect them by at least a generation from the rubbish democracy infects a nation with.

I just read a book on Plato´s Republic and he described over two thousand years ago exactly how a State degenerates from being well run by a class of patriot philosopher kings to a democracy where everybody, even foreginers have 'rights',then, finally, to a tyranny. He was spot on in his analysis.

Come on Spain, come on Germany, my two favourite teams for the World Cup.

Those horrible Vezuzela (??) horns should be banned.

Anonymous said...

The "English" football team is getting more like the Afro-Carribbean football team.

Harvey said...

I agree with that comment. And did you notice, the Africans are proudly saying that they'll cheer their own country first and after that any other African team. Can you imagine the hullabaloo if Europeans said that!

Pretorius said...

Banana Bafana are virtually knocked out and now Eshkom look like going on strike. Tooooo lovely!

Anonymous said...

Great to see the dirty cheating frog munchers well beaten last night by the Mexicans. Ole!

Anonymous said...

I have a question which seems to have been overlooked.

Is Al-Qaeda not going to pitch up for a fight at the SWC?

I mean if you really wanted to take out 1000's of your sworn enemy - the infidels - then surely your best bet would be to hit a stadium or two. There are enough militant Moslems in SA to give you immense intelligence and back-up.

The police in SA are totally useless and the so called security guards around the stadia have been predictably sacked.

Good lord - their greatest accomplishment thus far was to remove a few mini skirted females from the grounds!!!!

So where is this incredibly cunning force of martyrs that can bring down buildings and bomb tube trains in first world "secure" countries.

Where is the faceless man who periodically gives us an audio threat from his cave in the Tora Bora mountains?

Maybe it's because they are still planning something - or maybe it's because they don't really exist.

Anonymous said...

Al Q. have a lot of better targets. Who wants to blow up thousands of porch monkeys? Wait, I do for one.

But from a terrorist perspective they'd make useless targets. Nobody wud give a shit!

Anonymous said...

The english murdered millions of irish people and some cunts gladly cheer on england ? God i'm ashamed of these so called Irish people , can't wait till the mussies and niggers take over ireland and exterminate us ! We deserve it !

We're SCUM !

Anonymous said...

1958 on the Manchester United thing